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V.24 No.2 | 1/8/2015
Beau & Aero

Culture Shock

Tricklock treat

A truly dizzying array of awesome performance unleashes at the Tricklock Revolutions Festival, plus a visual whammy from You’re On TV and Wes Naman.
V.22 No.46 | 11/14/2013
Hannah Kauffmann-Banks, Dodie Montgomery and Katy Houska
Joanna Furgal

Art Theater Preview

Frozen Loss Envisioned Afresh

Tricklock takes on Black River Falling

Created and written through ensemble work by the Tricklock Company, Black River Falling is set in the home of four sisters during one of the worst snowstorms in 1890s Wisconsin.
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V.22 No.35 | 8/29/2013
Tricklock Company’s gearing up to launch their 20th season.
courtesy of Tricklock Company


Did Someone Say Yearlong Party?

Tricklock Company’s got a lot to celebrate

A bit of drama is welcome at Tricklock Company’s 20th anniversary celebration and season launch party.
V.22 No.26 | 6/27/2013
What the tailgate party leads up to

Culture Shock

Tailgate hoity-toity

This week in Culture Shock, check out operatic tailgating, a Neil Simon award winner and a traveling cabaret with car problems.
V.21 No.35 | 8/30/2012
Erin Phillips Mráz in   Little Red
Aaron Hendren

Performance Review

To Grandmother’s House We Go

Classic fable becomes an allegory for death in Tricklock’s latest

“Little Red Riding Hood” becomes an allegory for death and change in Tricklock’s latest original effort.
V.20 No.47 | 11/24/2011
The Reptilian Lounge’s Alex Knight


The Reptilian Lounge tonight at The Box

The Reptilian Lounge is an outrageous variety show started by Tricklock Company in 1996. These days it pops its head up a few times a year, including tonight at The Box Performance Space (100 Gold SW) at 10:30 p.m. Tractor Brewing will be on hand. Check out this week’s Culture Shock for a lineup and other details.

V.20 No.40 | 10/6/2011
Elsa Menéndez


Tricklock’s Cloud Cover

Last run of shows begins tonight

Writer Christie Chisholm reviewed Elsa Menéndez’ one-person performance in this week’s Alibi. Described as “a collection of patches that ultimately—when pieced together—create a remarkable quilt,” Cloud Cover, or Conversations With Harry is a storytelling piece wherein Menéndez entertains patrons with heartfelt anecdotes from her past. All of this takes place in a theater setting that is constructed to feel more like someone’s kitchen. Tonight’s show takes place at The Tricklock Space (1705 Monte Vista) at 8 p.m. Seating is limited, but there are five more performances scheduled through Sunday.

V.20 No.29 | 7/21/2011
A trio of Hers
Christina Slyter

Performance Preview

Skeletons in the Trailer

Performer tackles love lost and suicide notes with dark humor

Christina Slyter’s new solo show is about a woman who has become a shut-in, terrified of the outside world, because her husband killed himself—yet it’s full of dark humor. “The show takes place on the night that she wakes up,” Slyter says, “and discovers that there are people in her house. She tries to be a good hostess to them and show them a good time ... “ The audience members are the visitors in her house, and as the woman gets closer to revealing truths, her hostess skills unravel.
V.20 No.14 | 4/7/2011

Theater News

Right on q

Longtime ensemble theater group finds new home

The typical formula for theatergoing is pretty simple in the States: You buy a ticket, are ushered to a seat, eat your Toblerone, watch the show and are ushered out. Aside from clapping, the experience is about as interactive as a game of solitaire.

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V.20 No.1 | 1/6/2011
Mump and Smoot, Canadian masters of clowning
Courtesy of Tricklock

Performance Preview

Talking ’Bout a Revolution

Theater from Albuquerque to Armenia

Winter is cold and dark and sleepy. It turns people into marshmallow-shaped hermits, wrapping and zipping themselves into enough layers to survive brief intervals of the outside world before retreating back into their slightly warmer caves. But for three weeks in January, Revolutions International Theatre Festival brings a load of light and warmth.

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Culture Shock

Revolutions International Theatre Festival 2011 Schedule of Events

So we didn't spend a whole article (at right) listing the times and places for the plethora of cool theater stuff during Revolutions, this week’s Culture Shock space had to pay the ultimate price.

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V.19 No.47 | 11/25/2010
Hey, your foot is on my camera.
Kevin R. Elder

Performance Review

A Tale of Betrayal

Tricklock weaves a tangled web

In Traitors, things are not as they seem.

The original script by Tricklock Company member Kristen D. Simpson weaves together the stories of Benedict Arnold, Judas Iscariot and Sen. Joseph McCarthy. On the surface, the play is a reflection on the nature of betrayal, patriotism and forgiveness. But there’s another surprising current that sweeps through the show. Religion is the undertone of the production, and its presence left me more than a little confused.

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V.19 No.9 | 3/4/2010

Culture Shock

Photo Contest 2010

Photogs, clicksters, soul-capturers—what are you waiting for? The seventh annual Alibi Photo Contest is well underway, but lucky for you there's still time to enter. Head over to and click on “Photo Contest 2010.” You'll see mucho info on categories, rules and submission guidelines. Winners, selected by a panel of Alibi staffers and honest-to-goodness photo experts, will score a heap of fabulous prizes, courtesy of local merchants. And this year, for the first time ever, you can visit our contest page on Flickr (f to see what others are entering. The photos submitted so far have set a pretty high bar. Will this be our best contest ever? I hope I'm not jinxing it when I say absolutely totally without a doubt completely. Deadline is Sunday, March 14.

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V.19 No.2 | 1/14/2010


Long Live the Revolution

The 10th annual Revolutions International Theatre Festival

The mark of brilliance may just be that it stays with you. It affects the way you think about something or, perhaps, the way you look at everything. You contemplate it after you’ve engaged with it. Your future actions and interactions are, in some regard, altered by having experienced it. As it so happens, this is also the mark of revolution. Coincidence? Certainly not in the case of the Revolutions International Theatre Festival.

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